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By the time Manny Ramirez(notes) completes injury rehab on his sore right calf and returns to the lineup, left field in Dodger Stadium will look a little different.

No longer does a "Mannywood" banner line the left-field fence in front of a like-nicknamed section of seats at Chavez Ravine.

Instead, the Dodgers have rented the space to John Hancock Insurance and radio station 790 KABC-AM.

The changing signage isn't an attempt send a message to Ramirez, who not only is on the disabled list for the third time this season, but also is expected to play elsewhere — if at all — next season.

It is about money.

Via the L.A. Times:

The Dodgers, however, are still selling Mannywood seats — two tickets and two T-shirts for $99. The Dodgers said the banner space had been for sale all season, but they only recently found someone to put their John Hancock on it.

The left-field fence looked like this in sunnier, Mannier times.

Not having Manny on the field, in addition to the Dodgers slipping out of the pennant race, makes it especially tough to sell those seats, so the switch is understandable. But it's also a reminder of how quickly Manny can wear out his welcome. Just a short time ago, L.A. was all asmog agog over Ramirez, with his funky dreadlocks, laid-back attitude and fearsome slugging percentage.

The bloom started to come off the rose early in 2009, when Manny served a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test. At the recent trading deadline, a few Manny rumors swirled. If the Dodgers continue to regress, we might even see Ramirez on the waiver wire this month.

Pretty soon, everyone seated in Mannywood will sprout pea pods to honor Scott Podsednik(notes), the current left fielder.

It's about time to say good-bye to Mannywood and all that, isn't it?

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